Me: *buys Leonardo da Vinci exhibition book, postcards and toy*
Cashier: I’m guessing you liked the exhibition?
Yes, I very much enjoyed the exhibition 🙂 I saw the Leonardo exhibition in London a couple of years ago so I already knew how amazing his work is, and now there’s 10 Leonardo sketches from the Royal Collection on display at Nottingham castle. It’s a beautiful selection, mainly pages from his sketchbooks – trials for portraits, anatomical notes, and a page of cat studies, as well as a detailed map and diagrams for casting bronze. The 500 year old pages provide a fascinating snapshot of a genius, but it also humanises Leonardo to know that he too used both sides of the page and took 3 attempts to get something right. It’s interesting too because I tend to think of da Vinci as an artist, but the drawings show evidence of a keen anatomist and man who often worked as an engineer, and nearly wrote several studies on plants and the body. They would have been great to read, he was very nearly right about a lot of his studies but the evidence was all buried in drawings and mirror writing…
The exhibition is on until 9th October, more information here.